Seems there has been a alot of stirring going around by cloners and lamers attempting to capitalize on making a quick buck while misleading the public with false information.
In the past few days there has been some very interesting things going on with the clone situation. First we go with the line of matrix infinity firmware compatible clones that have hit the market. Many indications show that this modchip clone may have been first released by the second half of the old matrix team. It has been well known in the scene that certain individuals of the matrix team defected and continued to use the matrix name to create other. lesser quality modchips. Many forum members have been reporting various problems with the infinity clones including permanent black screen when entering the configuration menu. A picture below of their infinitySE, strikingly simillar to the Ape and Modbo has been in circulation for quite some time.
News on the recent magicVxx clone, the muppet has also been posted right here on our forums. It seems the well known modchip ripper and scam artist lex luthor (MUPPET CHIP Info) is behind the magicV cloning and the false claims that the chip has 100% safe functions for the pstwo. The original magicV modchip and the inferior clone the muppet are shown below.
The next interesting development comes from the recently release ripperIV and neobright chips. Not only is this not a true ripper team modchip but both are also clones in a long line of ICE ripoff modchips. In case some of you are new to the scene. ICE is a free modchip code for the general public(non-commercial use) released right here at ps2-scene. Many sources have involved the huge scam ring known as d1vineo for manufacturing both of these chips. A number of people have reported bad issues beyond the normal ICE issues with this chip.
You have been warned and be careful when dealing with these clones and the shady scam artists that sell them!